April 12, 2019 – There are many health benefits of raw honey, but consumers are having a difficult time finding it. Honey often found in grocery stores is imported, pasteurized and stripped of its natural health benefits.
Not only is low-cost imported honey forcing many American beekeepers out of business, but the unregulated honey is often mixed with high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, as well as being contaminated with heavy-metal toxins, including some illegal animal antibiotics, which can be harmful to consumers’ health.
Honey Industry Facts 2017:
- U.S. Honey Production: 147.6 (million lbs)
- Honey Imports: 447.5 (million lbs)
- Annual U.S. Honey Consumption: 585.2 (million lbs)
(Reference – Published by Robert Brown, https://aic.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/HoneyBoardPresentationSlides.pdf)
Domestic Beekeepers’ Marketplace online platform is making American honey available to consumers by connecting them to beekeepers, saving them time and money.
Consumers can easily access local, raw honey by entering their state or county into the Local Honey Tracker search tool.
Here are some health benefits local honey has to offer:
- Excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and live enzymes
- Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
- Phytonutrient powerhouse
- Helps to fight digestive issues
- Soothes a sore throat
- Eases allergies
We are committed to providing a fair-trade marketplace for domestic beekeepers that supply American-made all-natural honey. The more local beekeepers produce honey, the more our American honey bees can pollinate and reproduce. This helps our agriculture, our honey bees and keeps America healthy.